State v. Griffin (Per Curiam)

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Cite as 2016 Ark. 308 SUPREME COURT OF ARKANSAS No. CR-16-704 STATE OF ARKANSAS Opinion Delivered September 15, 2016 APPELLANT V. MOTION TO WITHDRAW AS ATTORNEY ON DIRECT APPEAL JAMES GRIFFIN, JR. APPELLEE MOTION GRANTED. PER CURIAM The State has filed an interlocutory appeal from a granting of a motion to suppress. The appellee, James Griffin, Jr. is indigent and is represented by Matthew Lee Dearmore a full-time public defender who now asks to be relieved as counsel on the ground that he is ineligible for compensation for services as appellate counsel. Arkansas Code Annotated § 19-4-1604(b)(2)(B) (Repl. 2007) provides that persons employed as full-time public defenders who are not provided with a state-funded secretary are eligible to seek compensation for appellate work. Counsel affirms that he is a full-time public defender with a full-time, state-funded secretary. Under these circumstances, he is not entitled to payment for services in this appeal, and his request to be relieved is well-founded. See Craigg v. State, 2012 Ark. 95 (per curiam). We therefore grant Dearmore’s motion to be relieved. We appoint attorney Robert E. Hodge III to represent the appellee. Our clerk is directed to set a new briefing schedule for the appeal. Motion granted.